The Rochester Police Department is warning would-be renters to take extra care when looking for a place to live after a number of people have fallen prey to scam.
Most recently, a 32-year-old man lost hundreds of dollars when he sent a security deposit and first month's rent to a person he thought was a landlord of a rental property.
Police said the man found an ad on Craigslist for a house for rent and after doing research, decided to pursue renting the house from the people who posted the listing. The man exchanged emails and texts with a person posing as the property's landlord and decided to rent the house. He sent a security deposit and first month's rent.
The following morning, the man received another message from the "landlord" asking for a second's month rent so he could have spending money for a vacation, according to Rochester Police Capt. Casey Moilanen.
The man did not send anymore money and realized he had fallen victim to a scam.
Moilanen urged would-be rents to not put money down on a property if you have never gone through it or if your only communication with the suspected landlord is through digital means.